The University of Derby is a public university in the city of Derby, England. It traces its history back to the establishment of the Derby Diocesan Institution for the Training of Schoolmistresses in 1851 and gained university status in 1992 as one of the new universities.
Derby city is located in the centre of the UK. London is about 125 miles south, while Manchester lies 90 miles to the north. The compact city of Derby is an economic powerhouse with global brands such as Rolls-Royce, Toyota and Bombardier, as well as a thriving creative sector. Cultural highlights include the international photography festival, Format, and the Feste arts festival. The campus at Buxton, which includes the grade II-listed Dome, is set in a charming spa town, which is home to Buxton Opera and Buxton festival .
The university provides over 300 study programmes at undergraduate level. Undergraduate programmes as well as short courses, foundation degrees and postgraduate degrees cover most academic disciplines and subdisciplines. Derby is proud of its personal touch: small classes, a personal tutor and a friendly atmosphere. The majority of its classes have fewer than 30 students. Derby offers single and joint honours in a wide range of areas including, arts, business, health, science, technology, computer gaming and leisure-industry-related subjects. More than 40 courses are available online. The university is engaged with regional business and has several initiatives in place to boost student employability, including around 90 incubation units.Currently the university is home to around 34,000 students in all areas of study.
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The university's primary campus is located in the north-west of Derby and comprises three sites: Kedleston Road, Britannia Mill and Markeaton Street. The law school is located in the city centre. The university also has a campus located in Buxton, Derbyshire, which is referred to as the Devonshire Campus. Resources at the university include a range of facilities such as a spa, a hospital with robot patients, and a restaurant, which is operated by students. There is also a recording studio, various sporting facilities, and multiple bars and cafes.
Adam Buss – CEO at Derby’s QUAD Arts Centre and Marketing Director of Format.
Paul Cummins MBE – internationally acclaimed artist whose work has been displayed at Chatsworth House, London Olympic Park and most recently at the Tower of London.
Dawn Foote – Managing Director and owner of Katapult, a Midlands-based brand communication agency.
Richard Gerver – inspirational speaker on education, business and the third sector, with an international reputation.
Edward Hogan – critically acclaimed, award-winning author.
Kathryn Jeffs – BBC Natural History Producer, including the Frozen Planet series.
Khumbo Kachali – former Vice-President of Malawi.
Lorna Steel – Curator of Palaeontology